As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I’ve suffered from numerous skin issues over the years. Eczema as a child and teenager (and during the winter still), acne since I was 11-12 ish, and dehydrated sensitive skin. I’ve been following my skincare guru Caroline Hirons‘ advice for about a year now, and my skin has improved enormously. I’ve been exploring new products, new ways to cleanse, and how to take good care of my skin. I’ve made a little notebook, where I write down different ingredients, what they do, and how they work. You only get one face, and so I intend to make the most of it. I used to think that cheap skin care was the way to go and that there was no need to spend money on it. Let’s just say things have changed. I decided to make a list of my favourite tips and tricks, and I’m hoping to do more in depth reviews of my favourite skincare products soon.
Important: I’m just going to quickly state that I do not have any kind of education in regards to skincare, I’m a makeup artist, and this is my list of what works for me – it might not work for everyone. I’ve simply been reading up on lots and lots of stuff online, I’ve been talking to numerous cosmetologists, and experimenting at home. I’m going to try and keep it short, although that’s not exactly my expertise..
• Cleanse. Double cleanse! I find that this is by far what makes the biggest difference. Cleanse your skin with good products, use a wet face flannel to rinse off with (products and germs build up, so use a clean one daily), this will give you a very gentle exfoliation. I double cleanse, as I wear a lot of makeup every day. This means that first and foremost, I remove all of my makeup. I do this with micellar water or a cleansing oil. After that, I use a more expensive cleanser with active ingredients. Going to sleep in your makeup on is going to make it hard for your skin to regenerate throughout the night, just like the rest of your body does. It’s a no go. Cleanse in the evening, cleanse in the morning.
• Tone. I’m a huge fan of acid toners, whether it be glycolic or salicylic. Glycolic acids help remove dead skin cells (with a slightly tingling feel), they have a resurfacing effect on the skin, and stimulate collagen production. They tend to make my skin look a bit red, but fear not. It settles down quickly. Glycolic acids have completely changed the surface feel of my skin. Smooth, smoother, smoothest. Salicylic acids help me clear up breakouts, as it’s super gentle but very effective on spots.
• Moisturize. Your skin needs moisture, even if it’s oily and acneic. Until about a year ago I would only go for mattifying lotions (usually full of pure alcohol to do so), and my skin would always feel sensitive to the touch and of course dry, which resulted in even oilier skin. Find a good moisturiser that suits your skin, preferably one without artificial perfumes and other skin irritants, and with SPF to protect. Make sure that your skin doesn’t feel dry and tight. This results in dehydration lines, resulting in actual lines. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to minimise those.
• Targeted treatments. Try to figure out what issues you may have with your skin. Is it dry, is it oily, is it spot prone, and so on. Using active skin care with good ingredients targeted to your skins needs makes a huge difference. Moisturising is super important, but so is using something targeted for spot prone skin, something calming for sensitive skin, and something that binds hydration for dry skin. Use good serums or oils at night, so that your skin has time and peace to absorb it, and make the most of it.
• Clean your makeup brushes. Leftover product, bacteria, dead skin cells – all of these quickly build up in your brushes when you use them. Cleanse them gently with something antibacterial, whether it’s a brush soap or liquid brush cleanser. No need to spread old bacteria all over the skin you just prepped for makeup.
• Healthy greens, add more water. As much as it pains me to say, pizza and soda isn’t exactly great for your skin. I’m not trying to police what you eat, you can eat whatever you want, but I can definitely tell by my skin what I’ve been eating. I’ve cut out dairy products by probably 90% (I just really love cheese), and this has helped clear up my skin enormously. Earlier this year during my summer vacation in London, I decided to say “oh well” and eat whatever I felt like, and I woke up with new breakouts daily. If I eat lots of vegetables and fruits, my skin looks much healthier. Another important thing is water. Keep your skin hydrated from within by drinking lots and lots of water. I try to start out the day by drinking one or two big glasses of water. I find that keeping two big bottles of cold water in my fridge helps me when I’m at home, and I try to keep a small bottle of water with me at work and such.
• Supplements. All the supplements! I intend on writing an in depth post on different supplements too, but I’m gonna quickly make a list of some of those I can’t be without. Zinc, vitamin A via cod liver oil, vitamin D, and large amounts of gorgeous probiotics. All of these help keep my skin clear from adult acne, in a natural way.
• Hands off! Stop picking at your skin. Let it be and heal on it’s own. I know it’s tricky, trust me, I sometimes can’t help the urge to just pick here and there, but keep it to a minimum. And if you have got to do it, thoroughly clean your hands before, and your skin after. Be gentle with your skin. Try not to touch it throughout the day, this will only add all the bacteria you have on your hands to the delicate skin on your face. Your skin will thank you.
I think that’s it for this time around, I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have any questions by commenting below. Have a great day.
Lots of love,